Half of Portsmouth shipyard workers are yet to find a new job

Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Tim Brown
HMS Duncan at the Portsmouth Dockyards

Half of BAE Systems shipyard workers are yet to find new jobs or take voluntary redundancy, according to figures from the Portsmouth News.

According to the most recent numbers, 392 of the 940 employees whose jobs will go when the shipyard shuts later this year have been supported for retraining or moved into different roles within the defence giant.

But compulsory redundancies are starting to be made in a ‘small number of areas’ where alternative arrangements cannot be made for workers.

BAE announced in November last year that it would be closing the city’s shipyard, with the loss of 940 jobs.

Penny Mordaunt, the MP for Portsmouth North, said the company and unions have done a ‘good job trying to mitigate job losses’.

She added: ‘I want BAE to explore every avenue they have of retaining jobs here in the interim between them leaving the yard and other businesses coming in.

‘The workforce will be snapped up, but I want them to remain in the 
city.’

BAE Systems has two main arms to its Portsmouth operation, shipbuilding and maritime services.